Membership criteria

Individuals and institutions willing to join CIMAM’s membership program agree to ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums and CIMAM’s Principles of Deaccession.

Applications can be submitted at any time. Institutions and individuals do not need to be ICOM members to apply to CIMAM membership. The members of the board of CIMAM evaluate each application individually. All individual and institutional membership applications are subject to the final approval of the CIMAM Board.

Membership is only effective after the application has been approved by the board, the corresponding invoice has been issued by CIMAM offices and the payment for the current triennial instalment has been received.

In order to keep membership current, CIMAM Members are invited to renew their membership fees every triennial without having to apply again.

CIMAM Membership is open to:

1. Museums* of Modern and/or Contemporary Art open to the public for more than 5 years and can prove a demonstrable governance structure within the definition of what a Museum is.

Directors and curators of Modern and Contemporary Art Museums.

2. Collections of Modern and/or Contemporary Art can become members of CIMAM if they have been open to the public for more than 5 years and they can prove the museological nature of their activity and a demonstrable governance structure. The management of key museum functions (collection, conservation, research, exhibition and mediation) must be carried out by professionals. Private museums and private collectors are welcome to apply to become a Supporting Member of CIMAM.

Curators, directors and owners of public and private collections of Modern and Contemporary Art can become members of CIMAM if they can prove the museological nature of their activity. Most of their field of professional activity must relate to the basic functions of the museum.

3. Archives of Modern and Contemporary Art of remarkable value can become members of CIMAM if they have been open to the public for more than 5 years and they can prove the museological nature of their activity and a demonstrable governance structure . The management of key museum functions (collection, conservation, research, exhibition and mediation) must be carried out by professionals.

Curators, directors and owners of public and private archive of Modern and Contemporary Art can become members of CIMAM if they can prove the museological nature of their activity. Most of their field of professional activity must relate to the basic functions of the museum.

4. Independent curators of Modern and Contemporary Art that can prove the museological nature of their activity can become members of CIMAM. Most of their field of professional activity must relate to the basic functions of the museum.

5. Institutions such as exhibition halls, kunstvereins and art centers of Modern and Contemporary Art without a collection cannot become members of CIMAM unless they have been open for at least 5 years and the activity of the institution relates to the basic functions of the museum. They also need to prove a demonstrable governance structures. The management of key museum functions (collection, conservation, research, exhibition and mediation) must be carried out by professionals.

Curators and directors of exhibition halls, kunstvereins and art centers of Modern and Contemporary Art without a collection cannot become members of CIMAM unless they can prove the museological nature of their activity and a demonstrable governance structures. Most of their field of professional activity must relate to the basic functions of the museum.

6. Biennials, triennials and event-based organizations of Modern and Contemporary Art cannot become members of CIMAM as they do not comply with the definition of Museum as established by the ICOM Statutes. They are welcome to become Supporting Members of CIMAM.

Curators and directors of biennials, triennials and event-based Modern and Contemporary Art organizations cannot become members of CIMAM unless they can prove the museological nature of their activity. Most of their field of professional activity must relate to the basic functions of the museum.

7. Commercial galleries of Modern and Contemporary Art cannot become members of CIMAM because they do not meet the general criteria defined by the statutes of ICOM. The ICOM Statutes are very precise on this point: Museums are clearly non-profit institutions that do not trade. Therefore, a gallery cannot become an institutional member of CIMAM.

Gallery curators and directors as well as art dealers of Modern and Contemporary Art cannot become members of CIMAM because they do not meet the general criteria defined by the statutes of ICOM.

Although galleries and art dealers often work closely with museums and although museum professionals are often called upon to advise galleries and art dealers or to serve on advisory committees, the function and the activities of galleries and art dealers remain no less of a fundamentally different nature than the one of the museum. Galleries have their own organizations to represent and defend their interests, associations in which museum professionals have by definition no place. CIMAM is a professional association established for museum professionals, whether employed by the museum or working for a museum.

8. Architectural firms cannot become members of CIMAM because they do not meet the general criteria defined by the statutes of ICOM.

Employees of architecture or independent architectural firms cannot become members of CIMAM unless they can establish an important link between their work and museum work. Most of the field of their professional activity must relate to the basic functions of the museum (collection, conservation, research, exhibition and mediation).

9. Embassies, consulates and art associations cannot become members of CIMAM because they do not meet the general criteria defined by the statutes of ICOM. They are generally equipped with spaces for exhibitions but their main activity is not museological nor related to museum functions.

The staff of embassies, consulates and art associations cannot become members of CIMAM unless they can establish an important link between their work and museum work. Most of the field of their professional activity must relate to the basic functions of the museum (collection, conservation, research, exhibition and mediation).

10. Publishing houses, transport companies of art, companies producing or selling products to museums, its owners or employees cannot become members of CIMAM because they do not meet the general criteria defined by the statutes of ICOM.

11. Members of governing offices, boards of foundations and other advisory bodies of a museum cannot become members of CIMAM unless they can establish an important link between their work and museum work. Most of the field of their professional activity must relate to the basic functions of the museum (collection, conservation, research, exhibition and mediation).

*Definition of Museum, ICOM Statutes: “A museum is a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.”